Sunshine Tour

Kruger keeps Zimbabwe Open lead

2015-04-10 17:55
Jbe Kruger (Gallo Images)

Harare - Dean Burmester grew up in Zimbabwe and played at Royal Harare Golf Club throughout his childhood, so it was no surprise when he shot 66 there on Friday.

“It’s a really nice time of the year to be playing well. I grew up here and I’ve been playing this course since I was a kid,” said the 25-year-old, who held second place heading into the weekend at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open.

“My mom played here for years and she holds the course record, so it’s nice to chat to her about what she did in certain places. That always pays dividends,” he added.

According to the Sunshine Tour website, the Big Easy Tour graduate has been the most consistent performer of 2015. In his five starts this summer he’s finished no worse than 18th and topped off the results with a share of third at the Tshwane Open.

His form and local knowledge combined on Friday and he reduced the gap between himself and leader Jbe’ Kruger to one shot.

“Missing in the right places is crucial around here,” said Burmester. “You have to plot your way around and take advantage with the flat stick. I’ve been doing well on the greens this week and only had 26 putts today.”

Kruger, the reigning champion, has a real chance to defend his title this week. He carded a solid 68 on Friday to reach the 36-hole mark at 12-under-par.

“I probably played the shots better today, I just had five putts more. You have to concentrate and try to pull off every shot as best as you can,” he said.

Brazil’s Adilson da Silva moved into third place with a flawless 68. The 13-time Sunshine Tour winner has plenty of experience around Royal Harare and made it count as he reached the midway point of the tournament without a bogey to his name.

“This is a good position to be in. I like coming back here and seeing the people. It’s always a fantastic week on tour and this is a very special tournament for me – I’d really like to win it,” he said.

SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified):

132 - Jbe' Kruger 64 68

133 - Dean Burmester 67 66

134 - Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 66 68

137 - JC Ritchie 67 70, Christiaan Basson 67 70

138 - Jacques Blaauw 69 69

139 - Chris Swanepoel 70 69, Justin Harding 72 67

140 - Alan Michell 72 68, Erik van Rooyen 71 69, Rhys West 70 70, Justin Turner 71 69

141 - Andrew McLardy 71 70, Jacques Kruyswijk 70 71, Tyrone Ferreira 72 69, Michael Hollick 72 69

142 - Neil Schietekat 74 68, Ruan de Smidt 70 72, Divan van den Heever 71 71, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 72 70, Colin Nel 69 73, Tyrone Mordt 73 69, Attie Schwartzel 69 73, Mark Murless 73 69, Tyrone Ryan 72 70

143 - Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 71 72, Ulrich van den Berg 70 73, Mark Williams (ZIM) 68 75, Danie van Tonder 72 71, Lindani Ndwandwe 71 72, Grant Doverspike (USA) 72 71

144 - Russel Franz 74 70, Stuart Smith (BOT) 68 76, PH McIntyre 73 71, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 72 72, Daniel Greene 70 74, Trevor Mahoney 71 73, Anthony Michael 74 70, Andrew Curlewis 72 72

145 - Makhetha Mazibuko 72 73, Morne Buys 75 70, Omar Sandys 74 71, Merrick Bremner 72 73, Jake Roos 74 71, Titch Moore 73 72, Michiel Bothma 72 73

146 - Theunis Spangenberg 73 73, TC Charamba (ZIM) 74 72, Wynand Dingle 74 72, Jaco Prinsloo 72 74, Thabang Simon 72 74, Matthew Carvell 76 70, Derik Ferreira 75 71, Wallie Coetsee 78 68, Doug McGuigan 72 74, Breyten Meyer 76 70, Rourke van der Spuy 72 74, Werner van Niekerk 79 67

147 - Patrick Newcomb (USA) 74 73, Stuart Krog (ZIM) (AMA) 76 71, Steve Surry (ENG) 72 75, Shaun Norris 71 76, Teboho Sefatsa 70 77, Coert Groenewald 75 72, Lyle Rowe 73 74, Andrew Georgiou 70 77, Callum Mowat 74 73, Dale Howie (ZIM) 75 72

Missed the cut:

148 - Louis Calitz 74 74, Jared Harvey 79 69, Maritz Wessels 73 75, Bryce Easton 78 70, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 75 73, Kevin Rundle 76 72, Nyasha Muyambo (ZIM) 75 73, Francesco Laporta (ITA) 77 71, Vaughn Groenewald 75 73

149 - Bryn Flanagan 75 74, Drikus Bruyns 74 75, Eddie Taylor 72 77, Derick Petersen 76 73, Charl Coetzee 72 77, Hennie du Plessis 75 74, Peter Karmis 72 77, Day Muyambo (ZIM) 72 77, Ockie Strydom 75 74, JJ Senekal 79 70, Calvin Caldeira 78 71, Kieran Vincent (AMA) (ZIM) 75 74

150 - Jaco Ahlers 76 74, Heinrich Bruiners 74 76, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 74 76, Etienne Bond 80 70, Michael Scholz 77 73

151 - Arthur Horne (SWZ) 78 73, MJ Viljoen 72 79, Tyron Roelofsz 71 80, Grant Veenstra 76 75, Tonderayi Masunga (ZIM) (AMA) 71 80, Farayi Chitengwa (ZIM) 76 75, Desvonde Botes 76 75, Stephen Ferreira (POR) 75 76

152 - Toto Thimba (Jnr) 75 77, Kevin Stone 77 75, Otto van Greunen 76 76, Alex Gaugert (USA) 80 72, Roy Da Costa (POR) 80 72

153 - Alex Haindl 74 79, Pieter Moolman 75 78, Ignatius Mketekete (ZIM) 77 76, Dwayne Basson 79 74, Trainos Muradzikwa (ZIM) 79 74, Brian Gondo (ZIM) 78 75

154 - David Amm (ZIM) (AMA) 77 77, Shaun Smith 80 74, Dongkwan Kim (KOR) 75 79, Lean Boezaart 77 77, Davison Elijah (ZIM) 77 77, Allan Versfeld 78 76, Burger Heckroodt 78 76, Garth Dale (ZIM) (AMA) 74 80

155 - Drikus van der Walt 82 73, Ruan Huysamen (NAM) 80 75, TJ Bekker 78 77, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 80 75, Robson Saurombe (ZIM) 77 78

156 - Daniel Hammond 77 79, Mohammad Rauf Mandhu (ZIM) 82 74, Irvin Mazibuko 77 79, Bryce Bibby 73 83, Thanda Mavundla 78 78

157 - Le Roux Ferreira 81 76, Clive Nguru (ZIM) 76 81

158 - Titch Musemburi (ZIM) 76 82, Thabo Maseko 80 78, Steven Ferreira 81 77

159 - Simon Murungweni (ZIM) 83 76, Thembelani Vundla (ZIM) (AMA) 85 74, Mike Maile 82 77, Jake Redman 80 79, Visitor Mapwanya (ZIM) (AMA) 81 78, Ryan Lang (ZIM) 79 80

160 - Jack Kutumane 76 84, Ryan Tipping 84 76, John Bele 77 83, Langley Perrins 78 82

161 - Richard Chitakatira (ZIM) 77 84

163 - Hama Kamunga (ZIM) 83 80

166 - Phillip Tshuma (ZIM) 83 83

168 - Nixon Masunga (ZIM) 85 83, Doctor Maphosa (ZIM) (AMA) 88 80

169 - Byran Rocher (ZIM) 89 80, David du Preez (AMA) (ZIM) 86 83

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